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post #11 of 83 Old 08-03-2014, 10:26 PM
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Done the reins too!
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post #12 of 83 Old 08-03-2014, 10:41 PM
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in 50 years of horse ownership, not only are there TOO many to remember, I CAN'T !!!

Good question, though, although the horses always forgive.
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post #13 of 83 Old 08-03-2014, 10:58 PM
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I started riding when I was 5, hahah! But at 11, I can remember this clearly, I put the saddle on without fastening the cinch correctly, DON'T ask me how, but the saddle stayed on while I mounted and while on top I slid off the other side with saddle, pad and all! My horse at that time just kinda looked at me like "are you serious?" I could have gotten hurt, but Target was so patient!
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post #14 of 83 Old 08-03-2014, 11:40 PM
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Yup.

I too have got off, flung the reins over the head to lead, then flung them back but crossed and then wondered why he wouldn't go where I was steering.

Also....

I was returning from a hack, and as is my habit I loosened the girth a couple of holes as I was riding into the yard/barn. I then forgot that I had done so...and leaned right over (to the left) to open a gate.

I was riding sidesaddle and so as I leaned over my saddle started to slip round to the left. As I had no right leg to push it back I just kept on slipping sideways until I was parallel with the ground. I then realised that I needed to 'unlock' my legs to enable myself to fall off, otherwise I would have ended up hanging upside down with my hat wedged on the concrete and my legs still in the saddle.

I unlocked and phlumped to the ground. Not a ladylike way to dismount.

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post #15 of 83 Old 08-04-2014, 12:13 AM
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When Aires was first being broke under saddle, my friends and I decided to go on a trail "ride". They were riding and since Aires hadn't officially been backed yet, I tacked him up but was going to lead him. Got the saddle on just fine, then went to bridle him. Somehow I failed to notice that the snaffle had gotten twisted at the joint on the right side. So, I put the bridle on him and stood there for five minutes trying to figure out why the bridle that had fit him the day before was now too small. Went around to his right side and saw that the bridle was twisted, but it never even occurred to me that the bit was twisted as well. I finally decided to take the bridle off to see what was going on. Imagine my horror when I saw that bit twisted like that! Luckily, my boy just gave me a "Really, Mom?" look and happily accepted the bit the right way. Have never had a bridling issue with him, ever. He sucks the bit right in every single time.
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post #16 of 83 Old 08-04-2014, 02:26 AM
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My most recent mistake was just today. I tied Henny to the fence and walked off to do something about 20 feet away. He kept stomping and pawing the ground. I yelled at him to quit, which he would before doing it again a bit later. After yelling at him a couple times my idiocy dawned on me. I walked over and sure enough, I tied him in front of an ant hill. =.= stupid me apologized while I brushed a couple ants off his pastern and walked him further down the fence line. My boy's a saint lol

ETA: there was also the time we did not properly secure the trailer and it popped off the ball the second we moved(thank goodness for those chains, they're there for a reason!). Henny splayed himself out to balance as the trailer tipped back and forth. He jumped right out, I got him tied to the fence and the trailer attached CORRECTLY, and he hopped right back in without hesitation, all within five minutes. Again, my horse is a saint. And this was when he was 1. He perfected his trailer manners early thanks to his accident!
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post #17 of 83 Old 08-04-2014, 02:58 AM
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I must have been really tired one day because I forgot to clip my horse's halter to the lead rope after I unbridled her. She stood there while I untacked and brushed her. It wasn't until half way to her stall when I looked back to see what the rattling noise was I saw the lead rope dragging on the ground and Frosty just patiently following me

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post #18 of 83 Old 08-04-2014, 03:01 AM
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I must have been really tired one day because I forgot to clip my horse's halter to the lead rope after I unbridled her. She stood there while I untacked and brushed her. It wasn't until half way to her stall when I looked back to see what the rattling noise was I saw the lead rope dragging on the ground and Frosty just patiently following me
That seriously made me giggle.
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post #19 of 83 Old 08-04-2014, 03:07 AM
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That seriously made me giggle.
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Same here, what an awesome horse!
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post #20 of 83 Old 08-04-2014, 03:57 AM
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A common one (I think for everyone) is the good ole grab and yank of the blanket when the straps are still done up, either you forget some or the refasten lol. Horses are a lot less spookey than we give them credit for haha!! They are designed to be human proof.
I did this once but with a saddle I was talking away as I was untacking one day and went to jerk the saddle up only to find it wouldn't budge. I forgot to undo the cinch of all things /facepalm. But Rosie just gave me this look as if I was the dumbest human being on the planet. :P
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